Monday , March 4 2024

Suspect in Twisted Hanford Rape Case in Custody under $2.5 Mil Bail

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A 19-year old man is behind bars after Hanford Police say he beat and raped his 16-year old girlfriend repeatedly for five days straight. Police said he held her captive in a car, and beat her so badly, she couldn’t escape.<br /><br /> Eddie Perez is in the custody of Kings County Jail, where he faces charges including torture, kidnapping, and false imprisonment.<br /><br /> Police said both Perez and the victim are from nearby Avenal. Sgt. Justin Vallin with the Hanford Police said Perez and his 16-year old girlfriend had been traveling up and down the state the last two weeks. She had been a reported runaway from Avenal. But, about a week ago, police said things turned violent. Perez is accused of tying the victim up in a car, beating her with a tire iron, and raping her repeatedly for five days. On Friday afternoon, Perez allegedly left the victim in the car for a moment, time for the victim to scream for help. Police said a resident in the apartment complex where Perez would park the car, found the girl and called 911.<br /><br /> Tamara Durant with Marjaree Mason Center, &quot;I think it can happen in all ages, all relationships, all socioeconomic situations.&quot;<br /><br /> The Marjaree Mason Center, a domestic violence awareness organization in Fresno, said this case sheds a reminder, that help is out there for those who need it. <br /><br /> &quot;Domestic violence can take many forms, it can take physical violence, financial, psychological, emotional, stalking, religious violence, and so, where whereabouts on the clients talk to us one on one I’ll find out their situation one on one and what resources we can refer them to,&quot; said Durant.<br /><br /> Police said the victim suffered broken bones, but the emotional scars may be longer to heal.<br /><br /> Perez is being held on a bail of nearly $2.5 million dollars.</div>

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